(Above photo flying into Sydney, AUS on our way to Phuket, Thailand)
We departed Tahiti, after dragging our butts out of Bora Bora, on Oct 5 headed for Thailand, (by air), with a family stopover visit in New Zealand. The boat will stay in Papeete until April 2014, the start of next years cruising season.
New Zealand was great. Seeing family and being in a western society for a short time was refreshing. We were able to tour around the Tauranga area, relax and enjoy family.
We flew through Sydney, AUS bound for Phuket. We got a great view of Sydney harbor. We have always wanted to visit Thailand because we have never heard anyone say anything bad about the country. We needed to get out of French Polynesia due to our visa requirements. From what we have seen so far, i can see why people rave over Thailand. The people treat you like royalty. Very polite and always smiling. Driving on the left has been exciting at times but we are managing to laugh at our mistakes - so far so good. The beaches are great up north of the island. Quiet, clean and i am taking as many $13 beach massages as one can fit in! Thats my goal anyway! We have found ourselves a nice condo at the Phuket Marina - couldnt go to far from the boats! The area is central and a great spot for visiting the islands off of Phuket by ferry or speedboats leave direct from this marina each day. The condo comes with a 3 floor state of the art gym facility all with trainers/yoga classes/social tennis - its gorgeous. We have been taking advantage of the movie theaters in the gigantic modern malls here and getting a little dose of civilization after being out in the islands these past 6 months. Traffic seems strange but we are taking it all a day at a time and enjoying.
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